Escape from the Planet of the Apes

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"Meet baby Milo who has Washington terrified."
  • G
  • 1971
  • 1 hr 38 min
  • 6.3  (37,505)
  • 69

Escape from the Planet of the Apes is a science-fiction movie that was released in 1971. It is a sequel to the original 1968 film and follows the story of three intelligent and advanced chimpanzees who flee their planet and land on Earth. The film stars Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, and Bradford Dillman. The movie begins where the previous installment left off. The only survivors of the nuclear devastation that destroyed their planet are Cornelius (McDowell), Zira (Hunter), and Milo (Sal Mineo). The chimpanzees have stolen a spaceship and have traveled back in time to Earth in the year 1973. They land in the Pacific Ocean near California and are quickly picked up by the US military.

The chimpanzees are hidden away from the public in a research facility where they are to be studied by scientists. The lead scientist, Dr. Lewis Dixon (Dillman), is eager to learn more about the apes, especially since they can speak and are intelligent beings. When the government orders the chimpanzees to be terminated, Dixon convinces the authorities to allow him to study them instead.

As the apes adjust to life on Earth, they grow closer to Dixon and his wife, Stephanie. They are fascinated by Earth's culture, fashion, and technology. They are also surprised to learn that they are viewed as inferior creatures on this planet, unlike on their own. Zira and Cornelius quickly become media sensations and are loved by the public.

However, things take a dark turn when Zira and Cornelius reveal that they know the future of Earth and that humanity will eventually destroy itself. The government officials become worried about the repercussions of this revelation and decide to take drastic measures. The scientists and military officials become increasingly paranoid and the situation escalates quickly.

With danger everywhere and their survival in peril, Zira and Cornelius must use their intelligence and cunning to escape their confines and avoid being destroyed. The film builds up to a tense and exciting climax as the chimpanzees race against time to escape in search of freedom and safety.

Escape from the Planet of the Apes is not just a thrilling science-fiction movie. It also raises important questions about race, culture, and prejudice. The apes' arrival on Earth is seen as a sign of alien intelligence, even though they are technically from the same planet. This reflects a clear human tendency to view anything different as alien and worthy of mistrust or fear.

The movie was directed by Don Taylor and is a definite must-watch for fans of the Planet of the Apes franchise. The three chimpanzees are portrayed brilliantly by the actors and their mysterious and otherworldly nature is played up effectively. The movie also features a tense and atmospheric score by Jerry Goldsmith, which adds to the eerie and unsettling tone of the film.

Overall, Escape from the Planet of the Apes is a smart, well-crafted sci-fi movie that explores important themes and questions about humanity and its relationship with other intelligent beings. It is also an exciting and thrilling adventure that keeps the audience engaged and on the edge of their seats. This is definitely a film worth checking out for fans of the franchise and anyone who enjoys a good science-fiction story.

Escape from the Planet of the Apes is a 1971 action movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 38 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.3 and a MetaScore of 69.

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    6.3  (37,505)
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